This is not a test
 

THIS IS NOT A TEST

 

THIS is a quick note to let you know I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth.  I, along with Kisses & Chaos, will be on a brief hiatus.

 

WHY?

 

Those of you who are part of this, our Chaos Collective™, and come here regularly know about my Mischa and know just how much I love that little furball.  He has been there for me through countless moves, breakups, breakdowns, deaths, my fun little romp with cancer, the time someone tried to kill me, my divorce…you get the idea.  He has always been the bright shining star in my life.  He has always brought me light, love and hope.  On my darkest days he is what kept me going.  And now it’s my turn to return the favor.

 

 

Mischa was acting out of sorts – listless and just…different.  The knowing and curious twinkle in his eyes which I have seen every single day for the past fifteen years simply wasn’t there.  His luxurious coat seemed dull and he seemed to have lost weight.

I took him to the vet assuming that his thyroid (he has hyperthyroidism) was acting up and that his medicine needed to be tweaked.  I asked them to run a blood panel to check his kidneys too…which turned out to be a wise and unfortunate request.  Unfortunate because the news was not good…wise because it told us what was really wrong.

 

 

Mischa’s thyroid is fine.  His medication is working at his current dosage.  Unfortunately his kidneys aren’t doing so well.  If you don’t have a feline companion then you are likely unaware that kidney issues are very common in cats and once they develop they don’t get better.  It is the beginning of the end and, as you can imagine, this is devastating in the truest sense of the word to me.

That being said, Mischa and I are fighters.  We are tougher than we look and when it comes to odds we are fond of beating them.  Our lives are comprised almost entirely of virtually impossible and most definitely improbable strings of events.  In our lives, that which shouldn’t be almost always is.

 

 

We were told he would almost certainly not recover from his massive stroke in December of 2011.  It was really, really bad.  But for 72 hours I was by his side.  I did not sleep.  I made him stay on my bed (which he was happy to do).  I watched over him, cared for him and loved him.  I gave him hours and hours of reiki, as I kneeled by his bedside so I could work on him forehead to forehead pouring every ounce of healing and love into him as he closed his eyes and purred.

72 hours later he was 99% (he had and still has a very slight droop to one eyelid that only I notice).  His doctor was shocked.  Mischa had done the impossible.  And that’s what we’re going to try and do with this new risk to his health…we’re going to try and do the impossible.  We’re going to try and heal what is, according to veterinary medicine, incurable.

 

 

We are currently trying to manage the situation with medicine, vitamins and regular doses of subq fluids (massive injections of fluids under the skin to help flush the kidneys).  We are, in the doctors words, “trying to slow the train down.”  Mischa could have anywhere from six months to six years.  I’m trying to stay hopeful that we can beat this and have another happy, healthy fifteen years together.

So please, bear with me during this difficult period.  Right now Mischa is occupying 100% of my attention and time.  As soon as he is stable and feeling better I will be back (which will hopefully be very, very, very soon).  I will try to post updates to my facebook page to keep you all in the loop.

 

 

Prayers, positive thoughts, love, good vibes, healing rituals or whatever your belief system allows (that includes you atheists – physics is beginning to support the long held belief that thoughts can influence reality so feel free to think healing loving thoughts at him) that are sent to him are greatly, GREATLY appreciated.  Every drop of love and healing that is sent out to his precious little body helps him, so thank you for any that you can send.

 

 

I can’t imagine my life without him.  He has been my raison d’etre for almost half of my life.  This is indescribably hard for me…especially since he gets upset seeing me upset so even though I want to have a total meltdown and scream and cry, I can’t right now.  I have to be strong for him.  If I had my way he’d live another sixty years so we could be old and toothless together, sitting on our front porch drinking tea while listening to Glenn Miller, enjoying the rain and each others company.  He is my world and it’s killing me to know that our time together may be drawing to a close.  But I truly believe that with enough love, prayer and positive healing thoughts that he can overcome this.  I have to believe it.  I have to.

So thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.  I promise I will be back as quickly as possible.  I love you all.  Thank you.

 
 

Tons Of Kisses & Too Much Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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LITTLE CAN BE FIERCE

 

FOR all my fellow petite ladies out there and all the times we’re underestimated due to our small stature remember:

 

LITTLE CAN BE FIERCE.

LITTLE CAN BE FIERCE

 

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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MAD GIRL'S LOVE SONG

MAD GIRL’S LOVE SONG

MAD GIRL'S LOVE SONG

 

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

 

- Sylvia Plath

 
 

Bewitching Kisses & Made Up Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

LAST week on Facebook I asked you what you wanted to see here, what you wanted to see me write about.  Why?  The reason is twofold.  I’ve been dealing with some personal crap that has been leaving me feeling less than inspired and that’s when the light bulb went off.  Why not reach out to you and let you decide what you wanted to see next?  And so a new semi-regular feature, Reader’s Choice, has been born.  You guys get to call the shots.  Every now and then I’ll ask you for suggestions and then choose one of your ideas.

 

SO HOW DID IT GO?

Well the fabulous Ava threw her hat into the ring and suggested…

 

“…Donuts and doppelgangers and damn good coffee…Go into the lodge, Alli. It’ll tell you what to write.”

 

As a fellow fan of the seriously fascinating and f’ed up David Lynch series Twin Peaks I was compelled to comply.  For those of you unfamiliar, the show is set is the fictional town of Twin Peaks where Agent Dale Cooper and company set about to solve the extremely bizarre and dark mystery of who killed Laura Palmer…and the answer is quite unexpected.  Definitely worth the watch if you want to witness what was, quite possibly, the strangest story to ever make it onto prime time television.

So, Ava, here it is…Twin Peaks, as requested…and in three parts, nonetheless.

 

AVA’S CHOICE (part I OF III)
WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS THE TRAVEL GUIDE PART I

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 
 

LAURA PALMER’S HOUSE

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 

For all you truly diehard fans out there I’ve got brilliant news.  The Palmer home (or one of them at least…there were a couple of homes used during the movie and the series), located at 708 33rd St, Everett, Washington, is up for sale as of June 30, 2014.  You can own your own piece of Twin Peaks history for the mere asking price of  $549, 950.  The home has 4,104 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.  And yes, the interior was used in filming in both the series and Fire Walk With Me:  the kitchen, “Laura’s” bedroom, bathroom as well as the living and dining rooms were used though they have undergone a considerable amount of updating – good for a normal homeowner, bad for a fan.

 

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 
 

THE GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 

Ah, the Great Northern Hotel with its majestic falls is better known to the locals of Snoqualmie, Washington, as The Salish Lodge & Spa.  This icon is still open for business and, in what will come as no surprise to anyone ever, the Snoqualmie Falls (or “Whitetail Falls”) along with their 268 foot drop are still there too.  (See…I told you…not surprising considering giant waterfalls don’t just get up and walk away…and god knows there’s no shortage of rain in the Pacific Northwest so the odds of them drying out are virtually non-existent.)  The rooms, spa and grounds look amazing and as if the location alone weren’t enough reason to visit, the annual Twin Peaks Fest is just up the way in North Bend, Washington, (and just ended – it was August 1-3 so if you were hoping to attend you’ll have to hang in there until 2015’s festival rolls around) so if you ever plan on attending and want the full Twin Peaks experience, you can stay at The Great Northern and make the quick 7 minute trek to North Bend (I said it was just up the way).  Sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

 
 

THE DOUBLE R DINER

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 

Equally iconic as The Great Northern is the much beloved Double R Diner, home to the best cherry pie in town which would be incomplete without a cup of coffee as “black as midnight on a moonless night.”

 

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 

Sadly, the original diner which served as the Double R, the Mar-T Café which became Twede’s in the late 90’s, caught fire around ‘00.  Twede’s owner completely remodeled; the only recognizable remnant of the original diner as far as I can tell (apart from the exterior) are the neon lights on the ceiling.  But fear not, Twede’s (located at 137 West North Bend Way in, you guessed it, North Bend, Washington) proudly advertises itself as the “Home of Twin Peaks Cherry Pie” even if it does no longer have any of the small town diner charm of the original (which is my very nice way of saying it’s awful.  I hate to be mean, but the design snob + purist in me just can’t bite its tongue. *cringes and looks at feet* Sorry. *wince*  Not very loving, I know…but I’m sure their cherry pie more than makes up for it).

 
 

LAURA, JAMES AND DONNA’S FINAL PICNIC

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 

For those of you who are seriously hardcore about your Twin Peaks travels you certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on having a visit to the location of the infamous picnic video – one of the last happy outings for Laura, James and Donna.  If you’re keen to reenact the scene you can grab your camera, pack a basket of your own and take a drive up to Snoqualmie Point Park, 37580 SE Winery Road, Snoqualmie, Washington…just don’t forget your motorcycle, cardigan and dancing shoes.

 

:: PICNIC VIDEO ::

 
 

RONETTE’S BRIDGE

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE

 

Reinig Bridge, a trestle bridge in Snoqualmie and better known to Twin Peak’s fans as Ronette’s Bridge, is a popular place in the Twin Peaks pilgrimage.  Over the years the bridge has become covered with offerings, scrawled references to the series left by fans, like a Jim Morrison’s grave of train trestles.  Though an arsonist set fire to part of the bridge in May, 2014, the landmark still stands and will no doubt continue to acquire more marks of love and dedication as the years go by.

Did I miss one of your favorite locations?  There will be more to come in part II of the Twin Peaks travel guide, coming next week.  Cross my heart.  If you don’t believe me, just ask the Log Lady.  I’m sure her log will have something to say about this…

 
 

Cherry Pie Kisses & Black Coffee Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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FAIRY GODFATHER

*SPOILERS GALORE. IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED YET, DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW*

 

“MAY BE THE LAST TIME”

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WELL that was an interesting episode.  It was nice to see humor return to the show – something that’s been in very short supply this season – and romance (hello there Arlene and Keith!…more on that in a bit).  And Hoyt…it’s always good to see Hoyt, bless his sweet little heart.

I’m sure all the Team Bill Trubies are perfectly happy with the events of last night’s episode, but for those of us who are Team Eric…well…*insert sad trombone sound here*  What a total disappointment.  But then I suppose Eric has bigger fish to fry…or should I say Sarah’s to exsanguinate.  Hehehe.  That bitch is bonkers.  I’ve always thought she had a messiah complex but she confirmed it last night when she flat out announced to a room full of psychotic break induced hallucinations that that’s exactly what she is…or thinks she is at least…The Messiah.  Wow.  When that bitch bites it I doubt I’ll be able to contain myself.  I’ll be out of control glee. There will be some whoopin’ and hollerin’ goin’ on in this here house.  Boy, howdy.

 
 

OH DR. LUDWIG, HOW I’VE MISSED YOU

FAIRY GODFATHER

 

This episode was full of so many seriously kick ass quotes I had a hard time narrowing down which one to feature this week.  Case in point:  the funniest lines of the episode delivered by the hilarious, ain’t-takin’-no-sh*t-from-anyone, Dr. Ludwig, who stole show last night:

 

“Nasty, nasty, nasty.  Congratulations, Mr. Compton.  They said it could not be done but you have thoroughly grossed me out.”
-Dr. Ludwig

 

From the moment she came flying up to the house in her hummer, heavy metal blasting out of her speakers, her scene was one of the best of the episode.  And god knows with all the heaviness of this season we were looooong overdue for some quality comedic relief.

 
 

IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME, ARLENE

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I am loving Arlene and Keith’s budding romance (and I’m not referring to the steamy dreams).  As much as I adored Terry with all my heart and as much as they loved each other, they were both people who had suffered exceptional pain and loss.  While this made it easy for them to relate to each other and love each other it obviously had its problems.  What further proof is needed than how their relationship ended?  Yeah.  There were issues…lots of love but lots of issues.  But now look at what’s happening…

Keith is someone who can understand Arlene’s sadness, pain and suffering.   You don’t live for 515 (was it 515?) years and not learn about sadness, pain and suffering.  The fact that he’s compassionate and gentle instead of a bitter, angry prick indicates that he not only understands pain but he also knows how to not merely survive such hardships but how to heal and be happy afterwards.  He is EXACTLY what Arlene needs.  She doesn’t need pity.  She doesn’t need to toughen up.  She doesn’t need someone else who is in pain.  She needs someone who can give her love, support and understanding without being a crutch…someone who shows her she’s not alone but doesn’t have to lose herself in someone else and that everything can and will be okay…and that someone is Keith.

Come on.  You know your heart skipped a beat when he asked her to dance.  Don’t lie.

 
 

A FAIRY GRANDFATHER  DROPS A TRUTH BOMB

FAIRY GODFATHER

 

I was wondering if we were going to get to see Niall again before the series ended and sure enough, there he was.  Sookie called and Niall appeared.  I like him (even if the way he eats spaghetti makes me violently ill…I expect better manners from royalty, fae or otherwise).  I especially liked his purpose in this episode as he dropped a major truth bomb on Sookie (did he remind anyone else of a hippie Dennis Hopper in this episode or was it just me?):

 
 

TRUTH BOMB:

FAIRY GODFATHER

 

Preach on fairy grandfather, preach on.  The truth may hurt sometimes but it can also set you free, as it did Sookie.  While I don’t agree with her choice of beau (I can’t help it…Eric is just so damn funny and I’m a sucker for funny…god I can’t stop with the puns lately. I need an intervention) I love the way they referenced the first season and Bill & Sookie’s blossoming romance as she ran through the cemetery in her white nightgown to be with her love once again.  The symbolism was a little heavy-handed (white nightgown, rebirth, purity, blah blah obvious blah)  but it was so easy to get wrapped up in the story this week that I was able to let it slide.

 

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Forgiveness is indeed a miracle, Grandpa Niall.  It accomplishes amazing, beautiful and even seemingly unimaginable feats.  I wish I had a badass fairy grandfather to dole out obvious yet profound tidbits of wisdom when they were most needed…because the odds of me telling myself something wise when I’m in need?  Now THAT would be a miracle…

 
 

Miraculous Kisses & Messiah Complex Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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